Today, we’re going to open the case of an HP
Pavilion model 690-0024. This Ryzen 5-based gaming desktop is compact in size,
but we’ll see if it has some room for upgradeability. I’ll dismantle the case
and the inner cage to assess how much you can upgrade in terms of processor,
graphics card, memory, and storage. On paper, the HP contains an AMD Ryzen 5 2400G running at 3.6 GHz, with 8 GB of DDR4 memory running at 2666 MHz.
It includes an AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card and three drives: a
128 GB SSD, a 1TB hard drive, and a DVD/CD burner. The case
itself is black brushed metal with green LED highlights, and it’s really compact.
It measures approximately 13.5″ by 6.75″ wide by 10.75″ deep,
which means there’s not a lot of room in there. So I’m curious how
upgradeable this system really is. Let’s open the case and find out. The tools you
need are a flathead or Torx screwdriver, an old credit card or gift card, and
finally an ESD strap or ESD mat if you plan to touch any of the electronics
inside. The first thing you’ll need to do is remove the single screw that secures
the cover. You can use either a flathead or Phillips head screwdriver, so I’ll
just use my flathead bit. The screw itself isn’t meant to be detached from
the cover so you can leave it in place after loosening it. Let’s then remove the
side panel and set it aside… and take a look inside the case. At first glance, it
looks very clean; the cables are well organized. At this point, to avoid any
electrostatic damage, I’ll put on my ESD wrist strap before touching
any internal components. To get to the memory, M.2
slot and the storage devices, we’ll need to remove the cage,
which is held in place by these four screws. They’re a Torx-
flathead hybrid so you can use either screwdriver bit. I’ll just switch over to
my Torx bit to unscrew them. When I try to slide the cage, there’s
some resistance, and that’s because the front bezel of the CD/DVD drive is
preventing its removal. All you need to do is take a plastic card, and wedge it
in the spacing between the bezel and the front cover. When you pry it, it’ll pop
right off. Here, you can see the tabs that held it in place. The cage then simply
slides off like this. Make sure not to yank it off because there are plenty of
cables attached. Peering inside the case, there’s the processor, which is an
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G. It’s an AM4 socket, so you could upgrade to a Ryzen 7 2700
according to HP’s website. HP has decided to pair this APU – which has integrated
Radeon RX Vega 11 graphics – with a discreet graphics card: the AMD Radeon
RX 580 with 4 GB of memory. Note that if the graphics card ever breaks down,
you won’t be able to use the integrated graphics anyways as the motherboard
doesn’t support it. It’s a very short card, so you’d need to find one with
similar dimensions if you wanted to upgrade it. There’s a little more space
toward the front of the case – but not much. Keep in mind that the power supply
is only 400 watts, so you’ll need to consider the power requirements of any
graphics upgrade. There are two DIMM slots for DDR4 memory, and one is already taken.
That one is an 8 GB module. You can add another one in the extra slot, or if
you want to go large, it’ll accept two sticks of 16, for a total of 32 GB.
Next to the memory is the M.2 SSD in its slot. It’s an NVMe SSD that’s 128
GB, so it’s not very large. You can always upgrade the SSD to a larger
capacity. Panning over to the expansion slots, there’s one single open PCIe slot,
so you could possibly add an audio card. The HP comes with a mechanical 1 TB
hard drive as its secondary drive, as well as a CD/DVD drive, both of
which reside inside the cage. I’ll go ahead and remove the SATA power – and the SATA data cable that’s
attached to the hard disk. The disk itself is fastened
to the cage by these four screws, which again are the Torx-flathead hybrid – the
same size as the cage screws I removed previously. The disk will slip right out;
it’s a Western Digital Blue running at 7200 RPM. You can swap this
out with a larger hard drive or an SSD, but keep in mind that HP stores its
recovery partition there, so you’ll want to either make an image of that
partition, or create a set of recovery discs so you can get rid of that
partition altogether. There’s one more SATA port on the motherboard, so you can
add another hard drive or 2.5″ SSD if you want to expand your
storage options. You can mount the additional drive on the cage where a spare
SATA power cable is conveniently within reach. If it’s a 2.5″ disk,
you may need an adapter to mount it. Now all we need to do is
reverse the steps to reassemble everything back together. This is a very
capable gaming machine that could see some immediate benefits with some minor
upgrades. Even in this compact space, there are options to upgrade the
computer, including its processor and graphics card, but more easily,
its memory and storage. I hope you enjoyed – thanks for watching!

How to Open and Upgrade a Ryzen-Based HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop

100 thoughts on “How to Open and Upgrade a Ryzen-Based HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop

  • January 27, 2019 at 5:42 am
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    I will be maintaining a list of components that have been successfully upgraded in the description. If you have had any success stories, please comment below and I will gladly add your experience to this list. A big thank you to all my viewers and subscribers!

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  • May 18, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    and will the 570 fit?

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  • May 18, 2019 at 4:25 pm
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    Is it possible to get a new case, motherboard, and psu then transfer over the rest?

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  • May 18, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    is it possible to move this pc to a new case

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  • May 21, 2019 at 10:51 pm
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    Is there a way to get a displayport connection on this computer?

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  • May 25, 2019 at 3:26 pm
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    I got a Vega 64 for mine…. Too long and not enough power #firsttimermistake

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  • May 25, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    I have this PC but the graphics card is overheating

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  • May 28, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    FOR the LOVE of god do not by this horrible pc i have it right now and it can hardly run tf2

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  • May 29, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    Can you put any stick for desktop memory or is it only a certain type, if it is, what type?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 4:41 am
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    Currently looking into getting one of these, do you thinks theres enough room for an upgraded power supply?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 6:04 am
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    Can I make this vr ready?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    do you know any ram sticks that will work with this pc? mine came with only 1 8gb stick and its tanking my performance so i wanna upgrade to dual channel by buying another stick

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  • June 5, 2019 at 9:19 am
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    Thanks for this video

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  • June 6, 2019 at 11:27 pm
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    would a gtx 1650 work in this this thing

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  • June 7, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    if you knew how much you helped me

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  • June 8, 2019 at 5:59 am
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    Today i changed the rx 550 that came with my hp 690 for a MSI GTX 1650 VENTUS XS 4G OC, and all good. For the one that have this version is safe to put a 75 w gpu instead of the 50w gpu that comes with the pc just have to measure less than 19 cm

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  • June 8, 2019 at 12:15 pm
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    how to remove cpu

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  • June 9, 2019 at 2:05 am
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    mine did not come with the m.2 i see u can add one tho mine also has the rx 550 can i upgrade the gpu to rx 580 with no prob?

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  • June 9, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    hey can you also add Asus ThunderboltEX3 Expansion Card Expansion Card since it has a another pcie port and use a egpu

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  • June 10, 2019 at 5:09 am
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    Just bought that pc but with gtx 1050 and ryzen 5 2600 for 599€

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  • June 10, 2019 at 1:45 pm
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    Great video! I've just purchased the same pc with Ryzen 5 2600 and 1060 3gb (model number: 690-0014nl). Do you think I will be able to upgrade with an m.2 ssd and a second 8gb dimm of ram, and if so do you have any suggestions as regards brand and specifications ?
    I am a bit worried about the power supply because it seems to be 310W only and I'm not sure whether it would sustain the additional load… What do you think ?

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  • June 11, 2019 at 6:04 am
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    can you change the case
    like if i buy a different case would everything fit in it and what size case would i need

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  • June 11, 2019 at 9:56 am
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    I check this video a lot still to see if anyone else found anything else to replace parts with lmao

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  • June 12, 2019 at 3:18 am
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    Correction to video… no, you cannot use the pcie slot to install a sound card. The m2 ssd uses that pipeline, it's not functional while using the ssd. Can use external sound card or plug 5.1 surround jacks to mic and line in ports on rear and pc will auto configure into output ports.

    I own the 690-0034 model with Ryzen 2700. I upgraded the ssd to a larger size and it's western digital black edition. I reconfigured ports on rear to act as audio out for my 5.1 speakers as I stated above. Works great.

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  • June 14, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    Ok, I have the 590-p0020 with the same motherboard. I have seen reports of people upgrading the PSU. Based upon my research, power is only delivered via the two four pin connectors. The proprietary connector at the bottom is a PSU fan connector. So, I would imagine you probably could put an sfx PSU in it with those connectors along with a jumper for the 24 pin.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:14 pm
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    I replaced the boot SSD on mine with a 250GB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD

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  • June 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    What is the maximum length GPU this can fit?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 6:28 am
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    Wanting to add a 2.5 1TB to my Ryzen 7 machine… keeping the 128aGB nvMe as a boot drive (first time upgrading a PC as I converted over from Apple products lol). I have the 2.5 SSD in mind, but Have 2 questions for ya:

    1) When you say “you may need an adaptor” what type of adaptor are you referring to, a 3.5 to 2.5 inch bay adaptor?

    2) Also, would I need any extra screws to get the adaptor bay to stay on in the cage, as we don’t have loading trays in this prebuilt PC? I understand an adaptor kit will give me screws to get the 2.5 inch into the 3.5 bay, but I’m trying to figure out how to mount the second bay next to the Western Digital HD

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  • June 24, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    Do you know where I can find the power supply? I have the Hp pavilion 690 0010 and I want to upgrade to a 500 watt power supply. If so could you give me the link?

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  • June 24, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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    Not a bad pc for beginners

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  • June 28, 2019 at 11:52 pm
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    Success upgrade with mom. RAM ADDED 16GB SAMSUNG 2666 MHZ DUAL CHANNEL.

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  • June 30, 2019 at 9:00 am
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    You think it would be possible to take out everything and put them in a bigger case?

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  • July 9, 2019 at 12:54 am
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    I have a similar build that has a Ryzon 3 2200g with Vega 8 graphics with a b350 motherboard…I don't know what power supply it has though

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  • July 15, 2019 at 11:32 am
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    I saw this is on deal for 450 dollars on amazon what I wanted to know if can the motherboard also be changed

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  • July 15, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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    The only problem is there’s one PCIe slot… but overall it’s pretty good

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  • July 16, 2019 at 6:34 am
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    i got a question my 1 tb hard drive is "read only" and i cant download shit it pisses me off

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:34 am
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    Hello if i wanna a second ram exactly like the one that the pc have, i just buy it…open the pc and add it?

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  • July 17, 2019 at 12:38 am
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    dont get this shit , when you want to upgrade in the future you cant becasue the power supply is only 300 watts, basically not enough to power anything past a 1050 ti

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  • July 17, 2019 at 1:35 am
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    I have the same computer but a 580 and ryzen 5 if I get an ryzen 7 2700 do I have to get different mother board?

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  • July 18, 2019 at 3:03 am
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    Hi access random i purchased an m.2 ssd for this pc and it didnt come with a screw. Do you know which screw will work with this motherboard for the m.2 ssd? Thanks

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  • July 18, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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    I just got upgraded to Ryzen 7 2700. When I went to put the fan down there was nothing to latch it onto. Help?

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  • July 23, 2019 at 7:39 am
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    quality vid, i just upgraded my 0020, it's the one released earlier that year and actually has integrated graphics capable.. it's lacking the nvme ssd, i upgraded with an old regular ssd.. and yes, you'll need a bracket, except what i did was simply switch the hdd to the other side of the cage.. and then above the disc player, there's screw holes to mount an ssd directly.. again, thanks for the vid.. the only thing is the plastic giftcard did not work for me LoL! use a paperclip to press the extra button inside the front pinhole, and pry the disk cover off by hand 😂 🤣

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  • July 24, 2019 at 5:33 am
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    I have this Same desktop but My graphics Card is different. I do have the same AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Vega2400g. But my graphics card is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050. It came that way new. There are a few different models that I have seen. I'm glad I got the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 tho. But still wanting to know how much I can upgrade

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  • July 24, 2019 at 6:50 pm
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    I know, this is a GAMING pc but what I do I NEED a great graphics card and a lot of RAM and a decent CPU cause i do stuff like edit 1080p video (i hope i can do 4k) and I do a lot of virtualization too as well as a screen recorder (Camtasia) so I wonder if this will be good

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  • July 26, 2019 at 11:34 pm
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    So i could add the rtx 2080 in there?

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  • July 27, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    What's the best Processor and Graphics card that can fit in here?

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  • July 28, 2019 at 6:14 am
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    Can i put a xfx rx 580 in there and if not can i change the case

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  • July 29, 2019 at 7:44 am
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    Thank you very much for this.
    You are a scholar and a gentleman

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  • July 31, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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    Is there a way to install a clear window on the pc

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  • August 4, 2019 at 9:00 am
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    Hey access is it vr ready

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  • August 5, 2019 at 2:06 am
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    This computer has freezing. 400W power is problem. That's not working.

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  • August 5, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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    anyone found an 8gb rx580 to fit in this case?

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  • August 5, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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    Please reply Can you upgrade the heatsink and fan on the CPU

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  • August 6, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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    Could i upgrade to a gtx 1660ti itx model?

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  • August 7, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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    Can you take the internals and switch cases for more room?

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  • August 8, 2019 at 1:24 am
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    What ram is compatible with it?

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  • August 10, 2019 at 11:45 am
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    can I install extra fan case for this pc?

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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    i thought this was a tutorial o n how to upgrade the cpu

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  • August 13, 2019 at 8:07 am
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    To add another 3.5 HDD do you need to use a caddie? I have an additional drive to add in but without a caddie only two fixing screw holes line up on the cage.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:55 pm
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    I had a working psu it is a cooler master 450w psu but I guess a Corsair or EVGA one will also work although I would suggest a 550w psu as using a 450w psu may lead to unequal power distribution

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  • August 17, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    Can I put a corsair 60h water cooler in it

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  • August 19, 2019 at 9:48 am
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    I have the reyzen 5 and for sum fucking reson they didn’t add a fan my pc overheated all the time FPS goes down

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  • August 20, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    What SSD adapter would you recommend if I wanted to add an additional 2.5 inch SSD?

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  • August 22, 2019 at 7:37 pm
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    When upgrading the ram does it need to be the same

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:21 pm
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    Can i upgrade the processor with the ryzen 5 3600? (On the same computer)

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  • August 25, 2019 at 10:42 pm
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    i have the 690-0067c model. i want to upgrade the gpu from a radeon rx 550 to a radeon rx 580. do you think this will work? will i need to change the psu

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  • August 27, 2019 at 4:30 am
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    For the 690-0067c model, how was it upgraded from RX550 to RX580 with the 310 Watt power supply?

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  • August 29, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    PLEASE HELP. I purchased the HP Pavilion 690-0020 and it doesn't come with an ssd. I created a backup device using an empty 128gb sd card. I put the sd card into a usb adapter. Then I changed some setting so now I can select it as a legacy boot device (Labeled "generic usb device"). When I select it to boot the pc, it doesn't boot, it does something else like "attempting to repair pc" or something like that. I would really appreciate any help I would really like to use an ssd in this computer. Is it possible that the motherboard just doesn't support usb booting and I need to use a cd to boot the pc? Thanks in advance!

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  • August 30, 2019 at 4:35 am
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    I'm a little confused. Because I do want this computer, it seems like a perfect gaming computer for the price. But let's say want to upgrade the graphics card and fan. Can i upgrade?

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  • September 2, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    I have 690 0020 can you tell what graphics card prossecor and ram i could upgrade.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 5:43 pm
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    I have a hp pavilion 690-0022na with gtx 1050 ti 4gb so I was wondering if it was possible to upgrade to a 1080 ti

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  • September 8, 2019 at 5:30 am
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    Is the rx580 the highest quality you can add to the ryzen 5? In would like to go higher if possible. I just added 2 8gb Ram because mine came with only one 4gb Ram card and a stocked rx550 graphics card so can I add higher than a rx580 to the ryzen 5??

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  • September 14, 2019 at 7:47 am
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    Thanks for the video! I've been looking to get an additional stick of ram for my machine but I had no clue how to even start or how much more I could add.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 1:04 am
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    Which type is the PSU (atx or micro atx)

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  • September 18, 2019 at 2:45 am
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    assuming the SSD is the boot drive for windows (its installed on the ssd) would replacing it mean id need a new copy of windows? or is there some way to upgrade the m.2 without compromising anything

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  • September 18, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    Hi bro if found someway to reinforcement the power like exp : dual psu , can I put any graphic card I want in this motherboard like rx 570 or I can't ?
    Cuz my own right now is only 180w

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  • September 20, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    Mine is the same Except it has an Nvidia GeForce GTX1050 with AMD Ryzen 5 2400 Vega. So basically the same except mine has an Nvidia Graphics card which is crazy. Nvidia and AMD in one PC? Like they made it like that. It's great…really is.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:17 am
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    My cpu temps are insanely bad, i turned the side panel 180 degrees clockwise so the holes face the cpu and gpu which did help the airflow, but im still getting 55C IDLE and almost 80C while gaming. Gpu is running at ok temps tho. I found some usb external fans, could i install them inside the case?

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  • September 22, 2019 at 5:11 pm
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    Hi there, me again. That PSU in the machine had a PCI 6-pin power plus a two pin, right? Kind of like a 20+4 pin power for a normal motherboard.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    Where can I find the information the upgrades on the HP site?

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  • September 25, 2019 at 3:40 am
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    What would you suggest to upgrade graphics? any links are very much appreciated. Looking to upgrade as I stream alot and would love to have an upgrade on that as well as the ram. Thank you so much!

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  • September 25, 2019 at 2:44 pm
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    Can you add Hard Drive on this PC?

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  • September 26, 2019 at 9:46 am
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    I found this video very helpful when disassembling and upgrading my HP. I put 16GB of RAM and a 256GB M.2 drive in mine.

    A few comments though:

    1) I was unable to pop the cover of the DVD drive using the method shown no matter what kind of tool I used. I ended up popping the drive tray out in the open position and prying the cover off from the end instead of the side. The tabs that hold it on look pretty fragile and I'm not sure how many removals they can survive.

    2) The M.2 drive isn't an NVMe it's a SATA. (two notches in the end, not one) I don't know if the motherboard will accept an NVMe also, but the sites I checked all said SATA.

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  • October 1, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    Can you change the led lights some how?

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  • October 1, 2019 at 5:05 pm
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    Tried putting in 8 more GB of ram, but it didnt work, (the pc wouldnt show up on the monitor) I think maybe this was caused because it was 2 different types of rams. Will it change anything if I buy 8 GB more of the same ram that i have already bought?
    I know its a long time since the video was released, but what’s your take on this?

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  • October 2, 2019 at 10:51 pm
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    So can the apu be upgraded with the Ryzen 7 2700X?

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  • October 4, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    This is a sunflower motherboard is good?

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  • October 4, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    By game

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  • October 7, 2019 at 6:38 pm
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    is this good enough for VR?

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  • October 10, 2019 at 3:51 am
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    Is this worth upgraded or upgrade to another gaming rig?

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  • October 10, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    I feel like im watching How Its Made…. I LOVE IT

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  • October 11, 2019 at 7:48 am
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    Nice video
    I have a question,
    I have a pavilion gaming 690-0033nl can i put inside the ram slot another 8 gb from the suggested list? Do they work fine?
    Thks

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  • October 13, 2019 at 6:38 am
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    I actually bought mine with navida gtx1050

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  • October 13, 2019 at 6:39 am
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    Love you video thoe very informative

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  • October 15, 2019 at 12:26 am
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    Would I be able to fit a longer gpu?

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  • October 15, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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    Which ssd can I use?

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  • October 16, 2019 at 12:24 am
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    Would a ryzen 7 2700x work with this. and would a gtx 1070, gtx 1080 work if I use the mini edition of them.

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  • October 18, 2019 at 11:31 am
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    Can you upgrade this pc to Ryzen 3000?

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  • October 18, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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    What would be a few upgrade recommendations for better FPS? The only thing I have done was add another 8gb of ram so far. What Graphics card/cpu upgrade?

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